Manchester United’s former striker, Ruud van Nistlerooy has been called up by the Dutch national team to act as assistant manager to Guus Hiddink as they aim to qualify for Euro 2016.
With 35 goals in 70 appearances for the Oranje, van Nistelrooy is looking forward to helping his country at the tournament although he admits the callup was a surprise.
Van Nistelrooy told UEFA.com
“It was a surprise call from Hiddink. I wasn’t really expecting anything like that, but when a job like that comes by, it’s an honour. Working with Hiddink, with his experience, for me, starting out as a coach, it’s fantastic. Spending two years with him, with the Dutch national team, trying to help players improve – it can’t get any better.
“I’ll be an assistant coach, so I’ll be helping everyone, together with Danny Blind. I can use my experiences – how to deal with pressure, how I prepared, how I did things, situations that occurred –but that’s general things that I can share with any player.
“I played against many defenders, and I can explain what I found annoying. So in that sense I hope it can work out in different angles.
“Obviously, now the first two go directly to [the finals] so the chances to qualify are increased; the Czech Republic and Turkey, I think, are the strongest, along with Holland, in the group.”
The Netherlands will face the Czech Republic, Turkey and Latvia in the qualifying stages for the tournament as they bid to ensure they are one of the 24 teams to travel to France in 2016.
The former striker is hoping to take his country there as group winners.
He is expected to join the national team setup after the World Cup in Brazil this summer.by